When Sparks Fly by Helena Hunting

Dear Fellow Reader,

I am at a bit of a loss as to how to start this review. I think I have mentioned in the past that current books in the Romance genre contain more sex than they used to. Well, they contain sex. To my own ears, this makes me sound like a prude. This definition of prude appeals to me more than the one in my brain.

“A prude is a person who is described as being concerned with decorum or propriety, significantly in excess of normal prevailing standards. He or she may be perceived as being more uncomfortable than most with sexuality or nudity.” Wikipedia

In my mind, a prude is a taunt that is made to someone who doesn’t want to talk about sex. I am not sure if “normal prevailing standards” are involved. And in my defense, I don’t object to all sex in books.

As you may have guessed, today’s book has sex scenes. If that influences your decision to read the book then I guess, now you know.

When Sparks Fly is the story told by Avery Spark. She and her two sisters run Spark House, an event hotel. Avery is happy with her life. She co-owns a condo with her good friend, Declan McCormick. They have been friends since college and they have a group of friends from that time. Avery’s parents were killed in a car accident that occurred during a rainstorm. Avery has reservations about driving in the rain because of that.

Avery has the opportunity to make a pitch to her college alumni association for the event hotel. She has made plans with some old friends to meet and attend a game while she is at the college. Declan is going to go with her. She reminds him several times about the event. The night before they are supposed to go, she has a date. This is our first indication that Declan could possibly have feelings for her. He objects to the dress she is going to wear on the date. He thinks it is too revealing when she is going out with someone he doesn’t know. She wears the dress anyway and goes out. Declan goes out that night and gets drunk, picks up a woman, and leaves his car by the bar and takes an Uber home. In the morning, he oversleeps and then tells Avery that his car isn’t available. She had not wanted to take her car because she thinks she needs new tires and it is raining hard. She feels she doesn’t have any choice but to leave without him in her car.

Declan calls her while she is driving to apologize. While they are on the phone, a guy in a white truck causes a multicar accident and Avery is taken to the hospital. She has multiple injuries and will need full time care for several months. Declan announces that he will be the one to take care of her over the objections of her sisters.

It is during the caregiver intimacy where we move into a new phase of their relationship. But that is not the end of the story. They have problems that both need to face before we could move into a happy ever after.

The book is a quick, interesting read. I think that while working to their “happily ever after” they run into some real-life problems that they work through. The wrinkles help the story. I think it is a good fall under the covers reading book.

And last but not least, I was given a copy of the book in exchange for my unbiased review.

Thanks for reading!

About Carol Early Cooney

I love to read. I love to share my thoughts on books and hope to hear what you think also. Looking to see what books I read beyond those I write about? Check out my Goodreads!
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